Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal

Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal

The Denny Avenue Level Crossing in Kelmscott will be the first crossing to be removed under the METRONET Level Crossing Removal program.

With the boom gates down an average of one minute and 44 seconds per session and a total average closure of three hours and seven minutes per day, removing this crossing will increase the safety of walking, cycling and driving in the area, as well as reduce road congestion and revitalise the local area. If the crossing remains open, the total down time is expected to increase to three hours and 34 mins per day by 2031.

Ahead of permanently closing the level crossing, an alternative east/west connection will be built at Davis Road, 170m south of the existing location. Building a new underpass at Davis Road will involve gradually raising the rail and associated infrastructure, and lowering the surrounding road network. Extending and widening Davis Road to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic will maintain the important east/west connection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Kelmscott and the surrounding area.

Works on the joint Federal and State funded project will begin in late 2019.

Project Features

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The Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project includes:

  • Permanently closing the level crossing at Denny Avenue
  • Constructing a rail-over-road underpass by gradually raising the rail and sinking Davis Road under the elevated rail line
  • Extending Davis Road to Third Avenue to maintain the important east/west connection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Widening Davis Road to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic (two in each direction)
  • Installing traffic lights at the Davis Road intersections at Albany Highway, Streich and Railway avenues, and also at the Gilwell Avenue / Albany Highway intersection
  • Removing the existing traffic lights along Denny Avenue at Albany Highway, Streich and Railway avenues
  • Upgrading Albany Highway to include two new signalized intersections and provide new turning lanes for Davis Road and Streich Avenue
  • Creating a walk/cycle path over the new Davis Road underpass on the Railway Avenue side of the rail line
  • Turning sections of Third and Slee avenues into cul-de-sacs
  • Civic improvements and road landscaping to revitalise the Kelmscott town centre including refurbishing Station Masters House and land development opportunities

Environment

Tree removal

Established trees along the rail reserve on Railway and Streich avenues will need to be removed to create space for the construction of the underpass walls. 

A Native Vegetation Clearing Permit has been issued by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation of which the PTA is required to comply with.

Other trees within the project area may also be removed but the project team is aiming to minimise the clearing extent and reduce impact wherever possible.  The project team is working closely with a landscaping contractor to maximise tree retention as well as planting throughout the project area, with an emphasis on the town centre.  


Noise, vibration and light
Noise mitigation measures will be included in the works as required based on acoustic modelling outcomes to minimise impacts to nearby residents.  

Lighting of the new principal-shared path will be directed away from residential properties as much as possible and will be assessed during the final design stages.

Aboriginal Heritage
No registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites are identified within, or in close proximity to the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal.  A heritage survey and Aboriginal consultation was undertaken to identify the heritage value of the land required for the underpass and surrounding area. Specialist Aboriginal monitoring personnel will be engaged during the excavation of the underpass to further ensure there are no heritage sites or artefacts located within these areas. 

Community

The Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal Community Reference Group (CRG) consists of local residents and businesses to help the project team identify local opportunities, issues and concerns.

The role of the CRG is to act as a sounding board regarding the delivery and impacts of the project throughout the planning, delivery and construction phases.

The CRG is encouraged to bring community feedback or enquiries for discussion in the meetings to identify any issues.

Formed in July 2019, CRG members were selected from 40 nominees representing a range of demographics, geographics, interests, opinions and experience.

CRG members are:
Adrian Baillie, Vicki Clarkson, Hugh Jones, Kelly Lloyd, Ian McAllister, Michael Rudiger, Corrina Smart and Leif Thonell. 

The minutes of each meeting will be posted below. 

Place Making

As part of this project a number of town centre enhancements are being explored.

These enhancements include creating a new plaza near Kelmscott Station with a focus around the refurbishing the Station Master’s House, narrowing and calming of Denny Avenue, planting of trees throughout the town centre, minor road changes to the town centre network, and creation of ‘Station Place’ as a mixed use development site  (see map below).

The improvements are aimed at providing more effective pedestrian links throughout the Kelmscott town centre and improving the local public environment.

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Project Documents

Latest News

Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal a step closer

Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal a step closer

A six-week request for tender to construct the rail component of the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal has been launched.

Great response to Community Reference Group nominations

Great response to Community Reference Group nominations

Since nominations opened in late May, over 250 community members applied to be part of one of four METRONET Project Community Reference Groups.

Nominations open for Community Reference Groups on METRONET projects.

Nominations open for Community Reference Groups on METRONET projects.

The Public Transport Authority as part of METRONET is establishing four Community Reference Groups (CRG’s) for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, Yanchep Rail Extension and Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal projects.

Going, going, gone!

Going, going, gone!

Demolition has begun on the final five properties along Third Avenue and Railway Avenue to make way for the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project .

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